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Break with the past? Proposals for major change at GC 2012

With proposals for agency restructuring and other major change, this could be the most important General Conference in decades. “And it could all fizzle,” said veteran delegate the Rev. Don Underwood.

GC 2012 delegates already burning midnight oil

At 20, Ricky Harrison looks as if he ought to be parking cars at General Conference, not attending committee meetings and casting votes. But he’s the lead lay delegate from the North Texas Conference, and will be in the thick of things when General Conference convenes in Tampa, Fla., on April 24. Already, the McMurry […]

What will be different this time?

By Rich Peck, Interpreter Magazine • • • Holy conversations, evening worship and a program of celebration and challenge are among the changes for General Conference 2012. Others include a proposed deadline for legislative committees to complete their work. Planning the 2012 event is the 25-member Commission on the General Conference, led by Randall Miller […]

Delegates to decide on restructuring, other issues

General Conference 2012 won’t lack for issues or for proposals that would profoundly change the way the United Methodist Church operates, particularly at the agency level. Here are the matters likely to preoccupy delegates during the 11-day gathering in Tampa, Fla.   Restructuring   Few would deny that what’s called the “general church” of the […]

Typhoon lessons learned in Philippines

By Paul Jeffrey, United Methodist News Service… MINDANAO, Philippines—Although hundreds of people died as Typhoon Bopha raged over the island of Mindanao in the southern Philippines on Dec. 4, lessons learned during Typhoon Washi, which ravaged the region a year earlier, helped hundreds to survive the disaster this time around. A variety of faith-based organizations, […]

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